After spending five weeks out of practice from an injury suffered on Aug. 30, Gary Harris is expected be able to go back for full contact play sometime next week. A right foot injury where he went up for a block and landed awkwardly is responsible for the five-week absence. Harris claims he is lucky and says he thought it was a lot worse than what it really is – claiming if there were a game tomorrow he would be playing.
Harris is returning this year after flirting with the possibility of going to the NBA. Harris told ESPN.com this about his decision to stick around for another season, “My dream is to play in the NBA, and I was close to going,” Harris said. “But I took everything into account. I am not just trying to go to the NBA, I want to have a career in the NBA. I just felt it was the best decision to come back to school, improve and try to win a national title.”
Harris played a big part in the team’s success – last year as a sophomore, Harris averaged 12.9 pts. per game and shot 41% from 3-point range while battling a shoulder injury. As a Shooting Guard who can put up those type of numbers, Harris’ health is very important to the style of game that Tom Izzo runs.
Although Michigan State will not have the very important Derrick Nix returning, four starters from last year – Brandon Dawson, Keith Appling, Adreian Payne and of course Harris will all be returning. This should put them opening the preseason poll in the top five or better.